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Economic/Commercial Specialist - U.S. Mission Somalia (located in Nairobi)

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Government, community development, public services
  • Expert (non-managerial)
  • Full Time
  • Permanent

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Job Summary

Serves as a senior advisor to the U.S. Ambassador and the U.S. Mission Somalia on economic, commercial and political affairs. Serves as the liaison between the U.S. Mission Somalia and relevant Somali government bodies, including local/regional governments and the Federal Government of Somalia. Advises the Mission’s Economic/Commercial Officer on entry points to Somalia’s private sector, labor issues, regulatory frameworks, and general issues related to Somalia’s political economy. Builds a solid and diverse contact base for the U.S. Mission Somalia, increasing the number and quality of high-level contacts in the government, business, military, and civil society. Negotiates with contacts, under the instruction of the Econ/Commercial Officer or through the chain, to advance USG policy goals. Advises the Mission and facilitates U.S. government activities to improve transparency, strengthen security, and improve the commercial environment. Serves as the grant manager for any Department grant programs that may be allocated to the U.S. Mission Somalia.

1. Candidates who claim U.S. Veterans preference must provide a copy of their Form DD-214 with their application. Candidates who claim conditional U.S. Veterans preference must submit documentation confirming eligibility for a conditional preference in hiring with their application.

2. Any other documentation (e.g., essays, certificates, awards) that addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed above.
The U.S. Mission in Nairobi provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment.


Information Gathering and Analysis and Contact Development   (40 percent of time)

Through research in unpublished sources and high level contacts in Somalia, gathers information and develop analyses on economic, security, commercial and political developments in Somalia. Compiles information to prepare written reports and regular briefings to the Mission. Cultivates and expands high level and sensitive contacts in and outside Somalia across clan and the geographic spectrum. Maintains key contacts with top political officials and business executives, traditional clan elders, civil society organizers, and youth leaders. Prepares in-depth and detailed biographic reports on key figures in the private sector and relevant line ministries.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Grant Management    (30 percent of time)
Manages the Department grants programs, specifically the Ambassador’s SSHF for Somalia and the DHRF, and non-State funds such as that of the African Development Foundation. Conducts a call for proposals and an initial evaluation of applicants’ suitability for funding, calling project managers and references and meeting in person with Nairobi-based representatives. Develops a short-list of applicants for the Mission’s Political and/or Economic/Commercial Officer to consider, taking into account the USG’s policy goals, regional diversity, and guidelines of the grant programs. Participates on any associated selection committees and prepare necessary documents for the committees. Communicates reporting requirements to grantees and develops a mechanism for monitoring and evaluation, despite the Mission’s infrequent access to Somalia. Manages the vetting of potential grantees against terrorist financing lists.  Works with USAID accountants to ensure the timely distribution of funds, collect pro-forma invoices and receipts, and assists the Mission’s Political and/or Econ/Commercial Officer with maintaining financial records as required by the Department. Drafts close-out reports for the Department after grants have ended.                                                                                                             
Advisor and Interagency Liaison    (20 percent of time)
Takes the lead in commercial activities, including finding Somali businessmen to go to trade shows in the U.S. and assists the Mission’s Economic/Commercial Officer and the Foreign Commercial Office in facilitating U.S. companies interested in investing in key Somali sectors.  Serves as a resource to other agencies and offices in the Kenya Mission. Works closely with USAID and public affairs staff to ensure that programs and outreach activities target the right audiences with appropriate messages to advance U.S. policy.  Briefs and participates in briefings of visiting officials.                                                                                                              
Reporting and Logistic and Translation     (10 percent of time)
Takes the lead in drafting congressionally-mandated and/or internal Department reports related to labor, budget transparency, corruption, financial crimes, child labor, country commercial guide, etc. Exercises judgment to assess breaking news, verify information, and contribute to the drafting of analytical cables on economic developments. Forecasts likely future developments and trends.  Recommends and organizes meetings for the SRS and the Mission to advance U.S. policy.  Translates during high-level discussions between key contacts and officials and the SRS and the Mission. Guides the Mission on the design and execution of travel to promote outreach, reconciliation, relationship building and other U.S. policy priorities.

General Information

Salary rangeNot specified
Additional informationNot specified
Contract type: Permanent
Job type: Full Time
Location: Nairobi
Area of work: Government, community development, public services
Seniority: Expert (non-managerial)

Job Requirements

Required education: Bachelor's degree
Required relevant work experience: 5 years
Required skills: Grant and fund management; Reporting; Analytics; Data collection; Investment advise; Research publication
Required languages: English (Spoken: fluent | Written: fluent)

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The U.S. Embassy to Kenya opened in 1964. Through fourteen Ambassadors since then, the Embassy has enriched the ties between the American and Kenyan people and served the needs of Americans in and around this East African hub. Chief among the U.S. Mission's goals are fostering the development of a sound Kenyan economy, strengthening the institutions of Kenyan democracy, helping to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, and promoting U.S./Kenyan business ties.

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